Weds. Oct 6: Local Journalism & What’s New at the Montecito Journal

Wednesday, October 6 at 5:30 pm

Santa Barbara is fortunate to have many local news sources to keep us informed on everything from the pandemic and other natural disasters, to events, arts and culture. Join AWC-SB on Wednesday October 6, 5:30PM on Zoom, to hear from one of our local media leaders.

There have been a lot of changes at the Montecito Journal over the past few years since Gwyn Lurie, editor and CEO, took over the family-owned community weekly. More issue-oriented stories, the political perspectives have changed (Lurie says “it is attempting to be a paper that gives all perspectives a voice”), publication of The Giving List (which focuses on nonprofits), and more. Join us in this informative interview to hear Lurie talk about what prompted her to lead an effort to raise funds to buy the paper, the importance of local media, new projects or spinoffs that are on the horizon, and how to pitch stories or get coverage.

Bonus: AWC-SB members will receive a tip sheet of Santa Barbara media outlets including contact information and pitch preferences for editors.  Click here to RSVP today. Zoom link is sent via email 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

About Gwyn Lurie:

Gwyn Lurie is the Editor-in-Chief of the Montecito Journal and CEO of the Montecito Journal Media Group. Gwyn chaired the Montecito Union District School Board from 2012-2017 and co-chaired the Santa Barbara Human Rights Watch Committee from 2017-2019. As a screenwriter, Gwyn penned The Music Never Stopped starring JK Simmons (Sundance Opening Selection, 2010), Nine Lives starring Kevin Spacey (2016), and screenplays for nearly every major movie studio. Gwyn worked for ABC Network News in New York upon completion of her studies at UCLA where she was elected and served as Student Body President and Balliol College at Oxford University where she attended graduate school as a Newton-Tatum Scholar. 

October AWC-SB Member Spotlight:

Leslie DinabergLeslie Dinaberg has been a professional editor and writer for more than 25 years and is currently the Managing Editor of a new UC Santa Barbara publication. Most recently, she was Editor in Chief of Touring & Tasting Magazine, a national wine, and travel publication, and she also spent more than a decade as the Managing Editor of Santa Barbara SEASONS, a glossy regional lifestyle magazine and website. Leslie also works on a contract basis, offering her expertise as an editor, writer, and strategic and creative communications professional to a number of regional and national publications, as well as to select nonprofit organizations that are close to her heart. Leslie joined the AWCSB board as the Social Media Chair in 2021.


AWC-SB Members Free, Guests $10


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